Whimbrel Migration in Toronto

23 May 2007

Whimbrel with background of CN Tower (world's tallest structure) in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The CN Tower is about 11 km (7 mi) away. Photo taken from Colonel Sam Smith Park on northwest shore of Lake Ontario. Over 2000 Whimbrel migrated through here between 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 May 2007. There also was large movement of Whimbrel here yesterday and we are planning to check for them early Thursday morning.


The Whimbrel went through in flocks of 35 to 160 individuals. They were very vocal, trilling constantly. They circled with most flying east possibly to rest for the day on the Leslie Street Spit, a large peninsula jutting into Lake Ontario at the east side of Toronto. About 1/3 may have continued northward heading for the coasts of James and Hudson Bays. There are very few spring sightings of Whimbrel in Ontario away from Great Lakes and the province's northern coast.